Justice Not Crisis

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Justice Not Crisis
Founded 2008
Birmingham, England
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus Social housing, Homelessness, Environmentalism, peace, utopia
Area served
Method Direct action, lobbying, research, innovation
Key people
Petroski Zion, Executive Director
Lee Moore, Secretary
-42 (2009)
Website JusticeNotCrisis.wordpress.com

Justice Not Crisis is a direct action pressure group campaigning for more social housing in Birmingham, England.[1]


Justice Not Crisis was founded in 2008 by Lee Moore and Steve Austin. Their first action was the John Lines Homeless Village, a tent city built on disused land owned by the Birmingham City Council. [2]

The original plan was to occupy the land for 2 days in order to draw attention to the fact that Birmingham city council refused to sell the land to housing associations wishing to build social housing.[3] When they were evicted, the protesters moved down the road to a second site.[4]

Since then they have squatted a number of different buildings and areas, including the Firebird pub in Edgbaston (2008),[5] Beechwood Hotel on Bristol Road (2009)[6] and homes and land owned by Warwickshire County Cricket Club (2009).[7]


  1. ^ "Council seeks to evict protesters". BBC News. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Protesters camp out in homes plea". BBC. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  3. ^ Spring, Russ; Brum Imcista. "Councillor John Lines' Homeless Village in Birmingham". Independent Media Center. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Evicted protesters move down road". BBC. 2008. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  5. ^ Elkes, Neil (1 October 2010). "First new Birmingham council home in Balsall Heath". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Campaign group take to rooftops". BBC News. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Farncombe, Vicky (21 February 2009). "Evicted Edgbaston pub squatters move into derelict terrace". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 12 October 2010.